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névé

[ ney-vey ]
/ neɪˈveɪ /
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noun
granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
a field of such snow.
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Also called firn, old snow .

Origin of névé

1850–55; <Franco-Provençal <Vulgar Latin *nivātum, noun use of neuter of Latin nivātus snow-cooled, equivalent to niv- (stem of nixsnow) + -ātus-ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for névé

névé
/ (ˈnɛveɪ) /

noun
Also called: firn a mass of porous ice, formed from snow, that has not yet become frozen into glacier ice
a snowfield at the head of a glacier that becomes transformed into ice

Word Origin for névé

C19: from Swiss French névé glacier, from Late Latin nivātus snow-cooled, from nix snow
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Scientific definitions for névé

névé
[ nā-vā ]

The upper part of a glacier, consisting of hardened snow.
The granular snow typically found in such a field.
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